Monday, July 21, 2008

More Free Computer Training

While we're on the subject of online tips for Microsoft Office, I ran across a site today that highlights 100 free webinars and tutorials. Many of the resources mentioned are related to computers and technology, but the compilation also includes sites that cover autorepair, arts and crafts, all kinds of do-it-yourself projects. The site that compiled the list, College @ Home, focuses on online colleges and distance learning programs, but the blog postings are helpful to anyone who uses a computer for work or pleasure.

See also previous postings on free and easy computer tutorials and free online small business courses

Friday, July 18, 2008

Microsoft Office Tips

If you use Microsoft's Office productivity software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), whether at home or at Fauquier County Public Library, these sites are sure to be of interest.

  • Check out TechRepublic's 60 indispensable Microsoft Word tips, which are broken down into Basics, Advanced, Things You Don't Have to Do and New to Word 2007.
  • View webcasts, video tips, podcasts, and more on Microsoft Office Online.
  • The Windows Users Group Network offers computing tips for Microsoft Office. Lots of tips, but not broken down by Office application (Word, Excel, etc.), which can make using this a tad cumbersome. Still, a good resource to keep handy.
  • Carol's Corner Office free Word Bytes Newsletter is a bi-monthly newsletter with a variety of tips on using MS Office applications.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)
Released to the public in February, 2008, this website "is an unprecedented global effort . ... by [n]atural history museums, botanical gardens, other research institutions, and dedicated individuals ... to create the most complete biodiversity database on the Web."

Basically it's a wikipedia that's devoted to biodiversity.

There are currently about 25 exemplar species pages (actually endorsed by scientists), covering species such as the yellow fever mosquito, peregrine falcon, death cap mushroom, and cacao. There are also tens of thousands of additional species pages that do not have as rich of content and are not authenticated by an actual scientist.

Materials include photos, description, and details about ecology and cultural relevance.

This is a great resource for the high school or college student studying the natural sciences or anyone who is interested in having a better understanding of life on our planet.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

e-Resource of the Month for July: Access Science

This month’s featured electronic resource is Access Science, which turns the world’s leading science encyclopedia, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, into an online resource delivering the same high-quality information of the print set along with the bonus of up-to-date additions including:
  • New/updated articles (no need to wait for the print edition to come out!)

  • More than 2,000 in-depth biographies of leading scientists throughout history

  • Weekly updates on breakthroughs and discoveries in the world of science and technology

  • Study Center that includes suggested study topics and guides for AP science, essays and other scientific programs of study

  • Q&A - Answers to your scientific questions from Access Science experts

  • Image galleries that allow users to explore scientific phenomena through pictures

Use your library card to access this terrific resource on the library’s Web site under Find Information > Search for Articles & More or ask for help when you are at the library.